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Paper surface modification by lasers
Author(s): E. Zekou; D. G. Kotsifaki; A. A. Serafetinides
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Paper Abstract

Lasers can provide a precious tool to conservation process due to their accuracy and the controlled energy they deliver, especially to fragile organic material such as paper. The current study concerns laser modification such as paper cleaning, initially of test papers artificially soiled and then of an original book of the early 20th Century. The test objects were A4 copier paper, newspaper, and paper Whatman No.1056. During the experiments, ink of a pen, pencil and ink from a stamp was mechanically employed on each paper surface. Laser cleaning was applied using a Q-switched Nd:YAG operating at 532 nm and CO2 laser at 10.6 μm for various fluences. The experimental results were presented by using optical microscopy. Eventually, laser cleaning of ink was performed to a book of 1934, by choosing the best conditions and parameters from cleaning the test samples, like Nd:YAG laser operating at 532 nm.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 January 2011
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 7747, 16th International School on Quantum Electronics: Laser Physics and Applications, 774705 (17 January 2011);
Show Author Affiliations
E. Zekou, National Technical Univ. of Athens (Greece)
D. G. Kotsifaki, National Technical Univ. of Athens (Greece)
A. A. Serafetinides, National Technical Univ. of Athens (Greece)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7747:
16th International School on Quantum Electronics: Laser Physics and Applications
Tanja Dreischuh; Dimitar Slavov, Editor(s)

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